Fitness in the City | Community Health Center Locations

Each Fitness in the City health center is a little different depending on their location, populations they serve, and staff expertise. Below are program highlights for each health center:

Bowdoin Street Health Center

  • Onsite Wellness Center and studio space for activities such as tennis and yoga.
  • Fit Kids and Fit Families programs which engages kids and their families in fitness, hands-on cooking classes and nutrition workshops in 6 and 8 week sessions.

Brookside Community Health Center

  • Offers Cooking Matters cooking classes for children and caretakers and also started a new class just for teens.

Charles River Community Health

  • Located in Brighton and Waltham, CRCH provides participants with comprehensive Welcome Packets and offers Cooking Matters classes, group nutrition visits, referrals to Community Rowing Inc. and more.

The Dimock Center

  • Collaborates with Baraka Wellness and hosts the Trustees Mobile Farmers Market every Thursday from 2-4pm from July-November

East Boston Neighborhood Health Center

  • Offers after-school and summer fitness programs, cooking classes, grocery store field trips, and other community events.
  • Also engages parents who want to learn more about supporting their children’s healthier lifestyles through programming such as nutrition education seminars and a parent walking group.

Boston Children’s at Martha Eliot Health Center

  • Martha Eliot uses an innovative referral process called Just-in-Time. Patients are seen immediately by a nutritionist if they are available and can be enrolled in the program that day.
  • The Fitness in the City Program at Martha Eliot offers free Zumba classes and Cooking Classes nearby at the Julia Martin House.
  • Anyone can visit the Martha Eliot Health Center every other Friday for $2 bags of fresh fruits and vegetables provided by Fair Foods.

Mattapan Community Health Center

  • Fitness in the City participants at Mattapan Community Health Center have the option of participating in Saturday group sessions at the health center. The sessions include group physical fitness activities with an instructor and the children also have the opportunity to make fruit and veggie smoothies in the health center’s Nutrition Education Center.

South Cove Community Health Center

  • Located in Chinatown and Quincy, South Cove offers the Fitness in the City participants culturally appropriate grocery store shopping tours.

South End Community Health Center

  • The Pediatric Wellness Program collaborates with many organizations such as Fresh Truck, Cooking Matters, Blackstone Community Center, Boston Bikes and Playworks.

Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center

  • The Health Promotion Center works with Baraka Wellness to provide batch cooking classes to families as well their Healthy Mom Healthy Kids program. Other onsite activities include karate and Zumba.
  • Fair Foods and Fresh Truck are also working in collaboration with the health center to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to residents at South Street Housing Development and Jamaica Plain community members.

Upham's Corner Health Center

  • Fitness in the City families can get hands on cooking experience in one of our six classes throughout the year.
  • Participants also help design, plant, tend and harvest vegetables in the Upham’s raised-bed vegetable garden that is right on site at the clinic.
  • Families are connected with a variety of physical activity opportunities, including YMCA, BCYF, Boys and Girls Club, Healthworks Community Fitness at Codman, Jose Mateo Ballet, and VIP Summer Soccer.
  • The health center hosts a Fair Foods site on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month available to FIC families, and the entire Upham’s Corner community.

Whittier Street Health Center

  • Located in Roxbury, Whittier has an on-site Healthy Weight Clinic and a Wellness and Fitness Club. The case manager for this program is a certified fitness trainer and will work with Fitness in the City participants personally.